Bradford and Airedale cancer patients facing longer wait to see specialist

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First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

Cancer patients in Bradford are waiting longer to start life-saving treatment, worrying new figures show.

About one in seven people suspected of having the disease is failing to get an appointment with a specialist within two months of a referral by their GP.

The proportion of patients beginning treatment within 62 days dropped sharply at both local NHS Trusts in the first three months of 2014.

And that puts them close to breaching a key Government target which requires 85 per cent of patients to be seen within two months.

Eighty-six per cent of patients began treatment within 62 days at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – down from 93.1 per cent one year earlier.

Airedale NHS Trust performed slightly better at 87.3 per cent, but that was also a steep decline on the figure of 93.9 per cent for January to March 2013.

Across England, just 84.4 per cent of patients hit the 62-day target, which meant the NHS breached the target for the first time since the benchmark was introduced in 2009.

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s health spokesman, said: “David Cameron claimed his NHS re-organisation would improve cancer care. The reality is that he has in fact made it worse.

“Families across England are now facing longer, agonising waits for treatment. Experts are now warning that lives will be put at risk.”

But the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust dismissed suggestions of gathering problems, insisting such figures were “always susceptible to changes in supply and demand”.

It said more patients were choosing to delay their treatments and pointed both an increase in referrals and “late referrals from other trusts which we are working with colleagues to improve”.

A spokesman added: “The breast cancer team, in particular, have delivered a large volume of additional clinics to manage these pressures and minimise risk to patients.”

Stacey Hunter, director of operations at Airedale Trust said: “We continue to meet and exceed the national targets for patients with cancer starting treatment within 62 days of referral by a GP, which is good news.

“There will always be some fluctuation in the overall percentages due to differences in individual patients’ general health and their diagnosis.”

A Department of Health spokesman said an extra £750m had been pumped into early cancer treatment, but urged health chiefs to tackle “any dips in local performance”.

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8:45am Sat 7 Jun 14

sorrow&anger says...

Deja vu all over again. Another league table that Bradford finds itself at the bottom of, and the people who could do something about it dismiss it as a 'fluctuation in supply and demand'. All that is missing is the complacent self-satisfied statement from City Hall.
Deja vu all over again. Another league table that Bradford finds itself at the bottom of, and the people who could do something about it dismiss it as a 'fluctuation in supply and demand'. All that is missing is the complacent self-satisfied statement from City Hall. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 18

8:51am Sat 7 Jun 14

SurprisedByJoyce says...

Who sets these targets? If you’re in pain and dying of cancer then 62 days is an eternity. These targets are clearly for the benefit of the hospitals, and not the patients.
Who sets these targets? If you’re in pain and dying of cancer then 62 days is an eternity. These targets are clearly for the benefit of the hospitals, and not the patients. SurprisedByJoyce
  • Score: 20

9:13am Sat 7 Jun 14

Grumpygirl says...

SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
Who sets these targets? If you’re in pain and dying of cancer then 62 days is an eternity. These targets are clearly for the benefit of the hospitals, and not the patients.
Ever since Thatcher introduced NHS Trusts, with their culture of numbers-driven managerialism, our health service has been run for the benefit of the administrators and, increasingly, for the profit making companies that have been introduced by the Tories back door privatisation.

Labour needs to win the next election and take the NHS back to its roots as a service free to all, funded universally by an insurance tax. Figures like these show that creeping privatisation and the trappings of American healthcare are not bringing the improvements the Tories claimed.
[quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: Who sets these targets? If you’re in pain and dying of cancer then 62 days is an eternity. These targets are clearly for the benefit of the hospitals, and not the patients.[/p][/quote]Ever since Thatcher introduced NHS Trusts, with their culture of numbers-driven managerialism, our health service has been run for the benefit of the administrators and, increasingly, for the profit making companies that have been introduced by the Tories back door privatisation. Labour needs to win the next election and take the NHS back to its roots as a service free to all, funded universally by an insurance tax. Figures like these show that creeping privatisation and the trappings of American healthcare are not bringing the improvements the Tories claimed. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 10

9:22am Sat 7 Jun 14

FinlandStation says...

It was Burnham under Blair who decided that as long as the service was free at the point of delivery it didn’t matter who was providing it. This back-door privatisation by the back door did immeasurable harm. The cancer figures show just how successful this policy has been.

Hopefully Mr Burnham has learnt his lesson and now knows that who is just as important as what when it comes to health care provision.
It was Burnham under Blair who decided that as long as the service was free at the point of delivery it didn’t matter who was providing it. This back-door privatisation by the back door did immeasurable harm. The cancer figures show just how successful this policy has been. Hopefully Mr Burnham has learnt his lesson and now knows that who is just as important as what when it comes to health care provision. FinlandStation
  • Score: 13

9:26am Sat 7 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

Everybody knows that you can walk into a private clinic and be seen the same day. The problem with the NHS is that it is not fully privatised. We will have to wait until after the next election for that, then figures like this will be a thing of the past.
Everybody knows that you can walk into a private clinic and be seen the same day. The problem with the NHS is that it is not fully privatised. We will have to wait until after the next election for that, then figures like this will be a thing of the past. pcmanners
  • Score: -9

12:06pm Sat 7 Jun 14

awasteoftime says...

The problem with the NHS as currently operating is that ANYONE from anywhere in the WORLD can treated no what their problems for FREE. Access is open to all it does not seem to matter that they have not paid a penny into the system. Nothing is ever free someone has to pay somewhere. Anyone who has been to Spain(part of EU) who does not have their EU card has to pay and claim back when home. They will NOT treat the rest of the world.
I have recently been to a Bradford Hospital and most of the patients in the clinic were not speaking English in fact most were wearing traditional Asian clothing and I guess had not worked in the UK, as they could not communicate in English. Anyone who has not paid should go to the back of the queue.
This maybe be harsh but we are NOT a WORLD health service are we. Such a system wold ensure that those who have paid in can be treated much faster.
The problem with the NHS as currently operating is that ANYONE from anywhere in the WORLD can treated no what their problems for FREE. Access is open to all it does not seem to matter that they have not paid a penny into the system. Nothing is ever free someone has to pay somewhere. Anyone who has been to Spain(part of EU) who does not have their EU card has to pay and claim back when home. They will NOT treat the rest of the world. I have recently been to a Bradford Hospital and most of the patients in the clinic were not speaking English in fact most were wearing traditional Asian clothing and I guess had not worked in the UK, as they could not communicate in English. Anyone who has not paid should go to the back of the queue. This maybe be harsh but we are NOT a WORLD health service are we. Such a system wold ensure that those who have paid in can be treated much faster. awasteoftime
  • Score: 6

12:45pm Sat 7 Jun 14

gouldengirl says...

awasteoftime wrote:
The problem with the NHS as currently operating is that ANYONE from anywhere in the WORLD can treated no what their problems for FREE. Access is open to all it does not seem to matter that they have not paid a penny into the system. Nothing is ever free someone has to pay somewhere. Anyone who has been to Spain(part of EU) who does not have their EU card has to pay and claim back when home. They will NOT treat the rest of the world.
I have recently been to a Bradford Hospital and most of the patients in the clinic were not speaking English in fact most were wearing traditional Asian clothing and I guess had not worked in the UK, as they could not communicate in English. Anyone who has not paid should go to the back of the queue.
This maybe be harsh but we are NOT a WORLD health service are we. Such a system wold ensure that those who have paid in can be treated much faster.
Yes I agree with that. The NHS should just be open to those who have, or are, paying their National Insurance. There would have to be some arrangement for babies of course.
[quote][p][bold]awasteoftime[/bold] wrote: The problem with the NHS as currently operating is that ANYONE from anywhere in the WORLD can treated no what their problems for FREE. Access is open to all it does not seem to matter that they have not paid a penny into the system. Nothing is ever free someone has to pay somewhere. Anyone who has been to Spain(part of EU) who does not have their EU card has to pay and claim back when home. They will NOT treat the rest of the world. I have recently been to a Bradford Hospital and most of the patients in the clinic were not speaking English in fact most were wearing traditional Asian clothing and I guess had not worked in the UK, as they could not communicate in English. Anyone who has not paid should go to the back of the queue. This maybe be harsh but we are NOT a WORLD health service are we. Such a system wold ensure that those who have paid in can be treated much faster.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree with that. The NHS should just be open to those who have, or are, paying their National Insurance. There would have to be some arrangement for babies of course. gouldengirl
  • Score: 13

1:27pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Joedavid says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
Who sets these targets? If you’re in pain and dying of cancer then 62 days is an eternity. These targets are clearly for the benefit of the hospitals, and not the patients.
Ever since Thatcher introduced NHS Trusts, with their culture of numbers-driven managerialism, our health service has been run for the benefit of the administrators and, increasingly, for the profit making companies that have been introduced by the Tories back door privatisation.

Labour needs to win the next election and take the NHS back to its roots as a service free to all, funded universally by an insurance tax. Figures like these show that creeping privatisation and the trappings of American healthcare are not bringing the improvements the Tories claimed.
You forgotten Labour were in power for 13 years until recently.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: Who sets these targets? If you’re in pain and dying of cancer then 62 days is an eternity. These targets are clearly for the benefit of the hospitals, and not the patients.[/p][/quote]Ever since Thatcher introduced NHS Trusts, with their culture of numbers-driven managerialism, our health service has been run for the benefit of the administrators and, increasingly, for the profit making companies that have been introduced by the Tories back door privatisation. Labour needs to win the next election and take the NHS back to its roots as a service free to all, funded universally by an insurance tax. Figures like these show that creeping privatisation and the trappings of American healthcare are not bringing the improvements the Tories claimed.[/p][/quote]You forgotten Labour were in power for 13 years until recently. Joedavid
  • Score: -4

1:55pm Sat 7 Jun 14

imi-r6 says...

Nothing to do with the trusts failing or sending out late appointments and then putting patients to the back of the lists. In other words MANAGING the problem. Again a visit to the BRI proved that they would have trouble organising a drink in a brewery. I despair!
Nothing to do with the trusts failing or sending out late appointments and then putting patients to the back of the lists. In other words MANAGING the problem. Again a visit to the BRI proved that they would have trouble organising a drink in a brewery. I despair! imi-r6
  • Score: -1

7:20pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Grumpygirl says...

Joedavid wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
SurprisedByJoyce wrote:
Who sets these targets? If you’re in pain and dying of cancer then 62 days is an eternity. These targets are clearly for the benefit of the hospitals, and not the patients.
Ever since Thatcher introduced NHS Trusts, with their culture of numbers-driven managerialism, our health service has been run for the benefit of the administrators and, increasingly, for the profit making companies that have been introduced by the Tories back door privatisation.

Labour needs to win the next election and take the NHS back to its roots as a service free to all, funded universally by an insurance tax. Figures like these show that creeping privatisation and the trappings of American healthcare are not bringing the improvements the Tories claimed.
You forgotten Labour were in power for 13 years until recently.
No. I could hardly forget.

If you think back the problems with the NHS have become worse a lot quicker since the Tories came to power. The other problem is that Blair was a closet Thatcherite keen on enriching himself so he didn't undo all the of Tories backdoor privatisation. In this respect Andy Burnham let his loyalty/ambition get in the way of his principles.

The problem now is that if the greedy big-business Tories pass the TTIP it will be impossible to return the health service to the people. It will be just a money making machine for the already super rich. Under the Tories we are heading back to the feudalism of the dark ages.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurprisedByJoyce[/bold] wrote: Who sets these targets? If you’re in pain and dying of cancer then 62 days is an eternity. These targets are clearly for the benefit of the hospitals, and not the patients.[/p][/quote]Ever since Thatcher introduced NHS Trusts, with their culture of numbers-driven managerialism, our health service has been run for the benefit of the administrators and, increasingly, for the profit making companies that have been introduced by the Tories back door privatisation. Labour needs to win the next election and take the NHS back to its roots as a service free to all, funded universally by an insurance tax. Figures like these show that creeping privatisation and the trappings of American healthcare are not bringing the improvements the Tories claimed.[/p][/quote]You forgotten Labour were in power for 13 years until recently.[/p][/quote]No. I could hardly forget. If you think back the problems with the NHS have become worse a lot quicker since the Tories came to power. The other problem is that Blair was a closet Thatcherite keen on enriching himself so he didn't undo all the of Tories backdoor privatisation. In this respect Andy Burnham let his loyalty/ambition get in the way of his principles. The problem now is that if the greedy big-business Tories pass the TTIP it will be impossible to return the health service to the people. It will be just a money making machine for the already super rich. Under the Tories we are heading back to the feudalism of the dark ages. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 1

11:36am Sun 8 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

awasteoftime wrote:
The problem with the NHS as currently operating is that ANYONE from anywhere in the WORLD can treated no what their problems for FREE. Access is open to all it does not seem to matter that they have not paid a penny into the system. Nothing is ever free someone has to pay somewhere. Anyone who has been to Spain(part of EU) who does not have their EU card has to pay and claim back when home. They will NOT treat the rest of the world.
I have recently been to a Bradford Hospital and most of the patients in the clinic were not speaking English in fact most were wearing traditional Asian clothing and I guess had not worked in the UK, as they could not communicate in English. Anyone who has not paid should go to the back of the queue.
This maybe be harsh but we are NOT a WORLD health service are we. Such a system wold ensure that those who have paid in can be treated much faster.
I went into a certain Bradford hospital and all I saw was the unemployed, unwashed indigenous folk (from the many council estates in the city).

I hope you have the same opinion of them as the other people you mentioned.
[quote][p][bold]awasteoftime[/bold] wrote: The problem with the NHS as currently operating is that ANYONE from anywhere in the WORLD can treated no what their problems for FREE. Access is open to all it does not seem to matter that they have not paid a penny into the system. Nothing is ever free someone has to pay somewhere. Anyone who has been to Spain(part of EU) who does not have their EU card has to pay and claim back when home. They will NOT treat the rest of the world. I have recently been to a Bradford Hospital and most of the patients in the clinic were not speaking English in fact most were wearing traditional Asian clothing and I guess had not worked in the UK, as they could not communicate in English. Anyone who has not paid should go to the back of the queue. This maybe be harsh but we are NOT a WORLD health service are we. Such a system wold ensure that those who have paid in can be treated much faster.[/p][/quote]I went into a certain Bradford hospital and all I saw was the unemployed, unwashed indigenous folk (from the many council estates in the city). I hope you have the same opinion of them as the other people you mentioned. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -5

12:59pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Grumpygirl says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
awasteoftime wrote:
The problem with the NHS as currently operating is that ANYONE from anywhere in the WORLD can treated no what their problems for FREE. Access is open to all it does not seem to matter that they have not paid a penny into the system. Nothing is ever free someone has to pay somewhere. Anyone who has been to Spain(part of EU) who does not have their EU card has to pay and claim back when home. They will NOT treat the rest of the world.
I have recently been to a Bradford Hospital and most of the patients in the clinic were not speaking English in fact most were wearing traditional Asian clothing and I guess had not worked in the UK, as they could not communicate in English. Anyone who has not paid should go to the back of the queue.
This maybe be harsh but we are NOT a WORLD health service are we. Such a system wold ensure that those who have paid in can be treated much faster.
I went into a certain Bradford hospital and all I saw was the unemployed, unwashed indigenous folk (from the many council estates in the city).

I hope you have the same opinion of them as the other people you mentioned.
Hi Albion, don't you men indigent?
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awasteoftime[/bold] wrote: The problem with the NHS as currently operating is that ANYONE from anywhere in the WORLD can treated no what their problems for FREE. Access is open to all it does not seem to matter that they have not paid a penny into the system. Nothing is ever free someone has to pay somewhere. Anyone who has been to Spain(part of EU) who does not have their EU card has to pay and claim back when home. They will NOT treat the rest of the world. I have recently been to a Bradford Hospital and most of the patients in the clinic were not speaking English in fact most were wearing traditional Asian clothing and I guess had not worked in the UK, as they could not communicate in English. Anyone who has not paid should go to the back of the queue. This maybe be harsh but we are NOT a WORLD health service are we. Such a system wold ensure that those who have paid in can be treated much faster.[/p][/quote]I went into a certain Bradford hospital and all I saw was the unemployed, unwashed indigenous folk (from the many council estates in the city). I hope you have the same opinion of them as the other people you mentioned.[/p][/quote]Hi Albion, don't you men indigent? Grumpygirl
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Robin of Loxley wrote:
awasteoftime wrote:
The problem with the NHS as currently operating is that ANYONE from anywhere in the WORLD can treated no what their problems for FREE. Access is open to all it does not seem to matter that they have not paid a penny into the system. Nothing is ever free someone has to pay somewhere. Anyone who has been to Spain(part of EU) who does not have their EU card has to pay and claim back when home. They will NOT treat the rest of the world.
I have recently been to a Bradford Hospital and most of the patients in the clinic were not speaking English in fact most were wearing traditional Asian clothing and I guess had not worked in the UK, as they could not communicate in English. Anyone who has not paid should go to the back of the queue.
This maybe be harsh but we are NOT a WORLD health service are we. Such a system wold ensure that those who have paid in can be treated much faster.
I went into a certain Bradford hospital and all I saw was the unemployed, unwashed indigenous folk (from the many council estates in the city).

I hope you have the same opinion of them as the other people you mentioned.
Hi Albion, don't you men indigent?
Yes, that too.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awasteoftime[/bold] wrote: The problem with the NHS as currently operating is that ANYONE from anywhere in the WORLD can treated no what their problems for FREE. Access is open to all it does not seem to matter that they have not paid a penny into the system. Nothing is ever free someone has to pay somewhere. Anyone who has been to Spain(part of EU) who does not have their EU card has to pay and claim back when home. They will NOT treat the rest of the world. I have recently been to a Bradford Hospital and most of the patients in the clinic were not speaking English in fact most were wearing traditional Asian clothing and I guess had not worked in the UK, as they could not communicate in English. Anyone who has not paid should go to the back of the queue. This maybe be harsh but we are NOT a WORLD health service are we. Such a system wold ensure that those who have paid in can be treated much faster.[/p][/quote]I went into a certain Bradford hospital and all I saw was the unemployed, unwashed indigenous folk (from the many council estates in the city). I hope you have the same opinion of them as the other people you mentioned.[/p][/quote]Hi Albion, don't you men indigent?[/p][/quote]Yes, that too. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -5

5:37pm Sun 8 Jun 14

awasteoftime says...

Robin of Loxley has seen dirty unwashed and unemployed in Bradford Hospitals, so I have I by the boat load. Also people from all of the poor parts of the EU only because it is free to all.
If they had to make some form of payment then the numbers would reduce.
Maybe we should all have to pay something and then claim it back from insurance. as we do with Dental and Optical care. However these people will still get it free as we have to feel sorry for them.
The current celebrations about D-day just make me wonder why all these people made such a great sacrifice, for what!!!!.
Robin of Loxley has seen dirty unwashed and unemployed in Bradford Hospitals, so I have I by the boat load. Also people from all of the poor parts of the EU only because it is free to all. If they had to make some form of payment then the numbers would reduce. Maybe we should all have to pay something and then claim it back from insurance. as we do with Dental and Optical care. However these people will still get it free as we have to feel sorry for them. The current celebrations about D-day just make me wonder why all these people made such a great sacrifice, for what!!!!. awasteoftime
  • Score: 1

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